You’d Think That a Handsome Lawyer Named Morgan Would Be The Most Stereotypical HP Candidate Ever — Then You Meet Chart Westcott

I am forever fascinated by people who perpetuate unfair stereotypes, those folks who fit into the (usually false) preconceived notion I have about a place. Follow the Twitter feed for @_FloridaMan to see what I mean.

This means I’ve quickly become obsessed by the race to replace Republican Dan Branch as state rep in District 108, which includes Highland Park. Ever since Branch said he was running for state attorney general’s office, I’ve been doodling random bio-sketches of the ideal candidate (ideal for me, meaning someone whose background/silliness/intelligence/opinions I could mock in subsequent blog posts).

After I read this blog post naming Branch’s likely successors, I immediately Googled Morgan Meyer. Yes! He is ripe material. Lawyer, perfect family, looks pretty cut — very HP, very Stepford-y. See for yourself.

Nothing could get more HP than this, right?
Nothing could get more HP than this, right?

I was excited, but not ecstatic. A Google search revealed nothing but a background of lawyering and competence. BOR-ing. Then I was advised to read this Park Cities People story about the other person mentioned in that post: one Chart Westcott.

Christmas has come early!
Christmas has come early!

[Puts fingers to mouth, makes involuntary happy noises, jumps up and down in a quiet hall, like Reese Witherspoon in Election.]

This, good people, is Chart Westcott. Some important details: HIS FIRST NAME IS “CHART!” He is the former head of the Dallas branch of Young Americans for Romney. HIS LAST NAME IS “WESTCOTT!” He did a big commercial real estate deal last year that showed real market insight, albeit with a piece of property his dad bought for him when Chart was 7. HIS BROTHER IS NAMED “COURT!” He misuses the word “beseech.” (“I beseech the blessings of God that I will prove worthy of the generosity of my friends and family.”)

IJS the following: Dude, vote Chart. The D Overlords want me to put up, like, three blog posts a week, and these things don’t write themselves.

45 comments on “You’d Think That a Handsome Lawyer Named Morgan Would Be The Most Stereotypical HP Candidate Ever — Then You Meet Chart Westcott

  1. I feel like the accompanying photo needs nicknames and full made-up backstorys to really bring this together.

  2. The photo of Chart with his frat/sorority buddies does need their actual names. From left to right:

    Skippy
    Mandy
    Biff
    Muffy
    Lexington
    Chart
    Heather
    Albert the 3rd
    Babs
    Colt

    Tip for Chart — if you want to be taken serious as a candidate, tell your frat bros to not wear their hats backwards in your campaign photos. It registers as an 8 on the d-bag scale.

  3. Chart Wescott walks up to a table of his friends at Katy Trail Icehouse

    FRIEND: “How did the election go?”

    CHART: [Dramatic pause] “Crushed it.”

    Everyone toasts with bottles of Corona.

  4. He is AWESOME! More proof from his FB page: “In a small barn in Argentina, he had an idea for a company that literally turned an entire industry on its head.”

    Literally, on its head.
    An entire industry.
    On its head.
    Literally.

    (And in small barn in Argentina, to boot!)

    The nipply tight-shirt pic with Pat Green is EQUALLY AWESOME, BRA!

  5. Um, you know that Carl Westcott, father of Chart and Court, is the classic rags to riches story – started with nothing following a stint in the military and went on to to become one of the wealthiest, most successful people in Texas and the country – don’t you? That last name you find so stereotypically HP belongs to a family of the most humble beginnings not some long line of bluebloods. Carl and Jimmie Lee have instilled a work ethic and sense of compassion into Chart that is admired and respected by all who know the family.

  6. What an intelligently written and researched comment. Might want to try a bit harder to be unnecessarily sarcastic – because you’ve failed here.

    He was talking about TOMS Shoes as he met with Blake Mycoskie last week for a nonprofit initiative.

    Terrible, right?

  7. This definitely seems to be the important part of the story, even if, as the commenter below calls out, Chart’s father pulled himself up from ridiculously humble means and created multiple highly successful companies that employ countless people with jobs.

    The Westcott family is also amazingly generous donating an extraordinary amount to the community.

    Resorting to ad hominem thinly veiled insults is probably the best road to go, though.

  8. Carl and Jimmie Lee are Park Cities royalty. You don’t have to go back generations in this town. Blue blood is OK, but green dough is what counts.

  9. That would require a little investigation but don’t worry, nobody takes Eric Celeste seriously and he’ll be onto another opportunity soon.

  10. poor Chart…but the left-handed compliment feels so right…so…far right

  11. This is pretty low, even for FrontBurner. After reading this article, two things stick out to me like a very, very sore thumb:
    1) The description of this blog: “[t]his is where the editors of D Magazine come to waste a tremendous amount of time.” INDEED.
    &
    2) “I am forever fascinated by people who perpetuate unfair stereotypes….” You mean people like yourself?

    Heaven forbid that people dress down or even a little silly to have fun in a parade!! I’m sure Chart Westcott could also hire someone to snap a bunch of highly-planned and costly professional photographs and then take a bunch of time to pick out the most-HP-one for publication. And I’m sure if you could access Morgan Meyer’s facebook account, you would find some pictures of him just having fun with his friends – MAYBE even dressed up a little silly to have fun in a parade for families and kids!

    If you’re going to be writing three blog posts per week on this topic, Eric, please go read about ANYTHING substantive regarding the candidates. Maybe then we won’t have to read any more pieces like this that attempt to pass for journalism and literally rely on decrying peoples’ birth names. Maybe then you could write about what the candidates have actually been doing for the community, what their different visions are, or anything that may actually matter. But I suppose that’s too much to expect for anything in FrontBurner, where you just “come to waste a tremendous amount of time.”

  12. Looks like the legendary Chart Westcott has trouble knowing the difference between Democrats and Republicans. He gave $2,500 to California Democrat Jerry Brown in his race against Meg Whitman. Chart must not have know Jerry Brown supports federal funding for abortions and runs the worst economy in the country. Real “Conservative Values” right there. Guess it makes sense considering the Westcott family gave JB $100,000 to beat business woman Meg Whitman. Maybe the California opportunity didn’t pan out, so they turned Chart “conservative” and had him run in HP.

    http://www.electiontrack.com/lookup.php?committee=1321867 (type in the last name)

  13. This is pretty low, even for FrontBurner. After reading this article, two things stick out to me like a very, very sore thumb:
    1) The description of this blog: “[t]his is where the editors of D Magazine come to waste a tremendous amount of time.” INDEED.
    &
    2) “I am forever fascinated by people who perpetuate unfair stereotypes….” You mean people like yourself?

    Heaven forbid that people dress down or even a little silly to have fun in a parade!! Heaven forbid that people take professional pictures that look nice!! I’m sure Chart Westcott could also hire someone to snap a bunch of highly-planned and costly professional photographs and then take a bunch of time to pick out the most-HP-one for publication. And I’m sure if you could access Morgan Meyer’s facebook account, you would find some pictures of him just having fun with his friends – MAYBE even dressed up a little silly to have fun in a parade for families and kids!

    If you’re going to be writing three blog posts per week on this area of politics, Eric, please go read about ANYTHING substantive regarding the candidates. Maybe then we won’t have to read any more pieces like this that attempt to pass for journalism and literally rely on decrying peoples’ birth names. Maybe then you could write about what the candidates have actually been doing for the community, what their different visions are, or anything that may actually matter. But I suppose that’s too much to expect for anything in FrontBurner, where you just “come to waste a tremendous amount of time.”

  14. Sounds like Chart has an excellent moral compass guiding him as he moves up the ladder. If he can’t navigate his way to the top, then I don’t know who can.

  15. Eric Celeste, I said the same thing when you came back to D. Christmas came early.

    Celeste, infest, obsessed, contest, repressed, the best.

    Needs editing, I know.

  16. Would the shirt that Chart has on in the pic with Pat Green be prohibited under Lewisville’s new ordinance?

  17. A happy smiling family, how awful, just can’t have that can we? Speaking of getting into politics though, know what would be funny? Doing some posts on that guy who left D to work for Craig Watkins, you know, the Craig Watkins who’s currently being investigated by the FBI and has such brilliant legal insight like white people aren’t protected by the 14th Amendment. That guy is ripe to be snarked on, just can’t remember his name……..

  18. DFW, if you’d want, I’m more than willing to help you locate that sense of humor that you somehow have lost.

  19. Anyone who thinks the California economy is the worst in the country needs to stop spouting Republican/Koch Bros/Limbaugh talking points and learn a bit. The CA budget will be in surplus next year (of course, with a little finagling) but even at its worst, it actually beat Texas when comparing debt to overall size of the economy.

    For a lot of people, it’s worth it to pay a state income tax to avoid the hicks and fake-Christians that seem to have taken over Texas. I’m afraid our state will reap the “rewards” of the Perry reign in the coming years, as our environment continues to suffer, our kids can’t get a quality grade school education and then can’t afford to get into college, and our women are dragged back into the 18th century.

  20. Don’t come at Brick with a trident. That commie-pinko from PBS had to learn it the hard way.

    Personally, I love the sock-puppetry that’s going on commentary sections. Comedy gold, Jerry!

  21. You mean the jerk who tried to submarine Watkins’ campaign by quitting as campaign spokesman with less than a month left in the campaign? He is ripe for an ad hominem attack — I suggest something P90x-fail related.

  22. Yes – sorry, the comment didn’t appear at first on my end. I posted the first comment as a guest, but it said it was waiting for moderation approval. It was just sitting there, so I had the website link to my e-mail account and it posted my comment immediately.

    I didn’t mean for there to be any confusion, I thought the first comment did not actually publish.

  23. Considering the Texas legislature is balancing the last financial budget on a pre-payment of sales, liquor and gas taxes this coming August, I wouldn’t count on the Republican vote from retailers.